Summary of FSU’s performance in the ACC tournament
March 8, 2006
Unfortunately, a list of great FSU wins in the ACC tournament is comparable in magnitude to a list of great French military victories. The gory details year by year:
1992 – FSU’s first year in the ACC and the only year they’ve made it to Saturday (semi-finals). FSU was the #2 seed and beat NC State 93-80, but then lost to #3 North Carolina 80-76. FSU made it to the Sweet Sixteen in the Big Dance.
1993 – Despite bringing the best team they’ve ever brought to the tourney, the #2 seeded Seminoles departed on Friday, losing the 7th seeded Clemson Tigers 87-75. FSU went on to the Elite Eight in the NCAA tournament.
1994 – The years of pain begin. UNC dispatches the 7th seeded Noles 83-69.
1995 – Again the 7th seed, again the loser in their first game. Maryland 71- FSU 64.
1996 – For the first time, FSU didn’t even play on Friday. They lost to NC State 80-65 in the play-in game (between 8th and 9th seeds).
1997 – Needing a win to have a viable shot at the NCAA tournament and thereby keep his job ,coach Pat Kennedy’s Seminoles lose to Wake Forest 66-65. FSU went on to the finals of the NIT, but it was not enough to keep Kennedy employed.
1998 – New coach (Steve Robinson), same results. FSU plays only one game as they lose to NC State 65-63 (a matchup between 8th and 7th seeds, respectively). The ‘Noles did go on to the NCAA tournament (and lasted to the second round), thanks to a tough out of conference schedule that featured some quality wins.
1999 – The five year losing streak ends with a 87-85 win against the 7th seeded Clemson (who went on to be the NIT runner-up). The 8th seeded Seminoles, however, returned to their losing ways on Friday against Maryland (2 seed), 93-69.
2000 – Again a win on Thursday for 7th seeded FSU (63-62 against 8 seed Georgia Tech), followed by a loss on Friday to the 2 seed, Maryland (82-61).
2001 – 9th seeded Clemson sends 8th seeded FSU home 66-64 on Thursday.
2002 – Yet another win on Thursday (against Clemson, 91-84) followed by a loss to Maryland (85-59). Maryland, of course, went on to be national champions that year.
2003 – New coach, familiar outcome. FSU beats Clemson on Thursday 72-61, loses to Wake Forest, 69-61 on Friday.
2004 – In the last year to feature the play-in game, FSU gets a respite from it and has their opening game on Friday (as a 7th seed). They lose to #2 seed NC State 78-71. Their appearance in the NIT lasts until the 2nd round.
2005 – The first year with multiple games on Thursday. NC State (7 seed) dispatches (10 seed) FSU again, 70-54.
Overall, a record of 5-14 in the tournament. 4-4 on Thursday, 1-9 on Friday, and 0-1 on Saturday.